This New York Times article outlines charges against the city that alleged discrimination against women and racial minorities in hiring and promotions at CUNY. Women's Studies Program co-coordinators and Brooklyn College Women's Organization members were heavily involved with organizing the lawsuit, principally Lilia Melani (English), and Renate Bridenthal (History). The lawsuit, which became known as the Melani Case, was formally filed two years later in 1973 by 25 women at 17 of CUNY colleges. Thirteen years later, in March 1983, the class action suit was finally won in a ruling by a federal judge. Thousands of CUNY faculty members were affected by the decision, winning back pay and raises.
Source | Brooklyn College Library, Archives and Special Collections Creator | New York Times Date Created | April 8, 1971 Rights | Copyright New York Times Item Type | Text (Article / Essay) Cite This document | New York Times, “"City's Personnel Policies Called Biased",” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed September 26, 2022, https://cdha.cuny.edu/items/show/5392.